Former Griz Tight End Greg Hardy was a star for Montana. The Fairview product was an all conference player and a leader on the team. Now he's making the transition from player to coach back in his hometown.
"I coached him back in high school playing basketball and he's out here student teaching and asked if he could help out and I thought it would be a great opportunity for our kids to be around a guy that's accomplished so much in sports," said Fairview Head Coach.
After graduating, Hardy tried out with some NFL teams, when he didn't make a roster he knew coaching was his next move. After a season in Ronan he jumped on the opportunity to go back to Fairview, in large part because his two younger brothers are on the team.
"It's great I mean having your big brother supporting you all the time it's just great, but I wish he would've tried pro a little longer but I'm just glad he's here," said Ben Hardy.
"I love it's really cool and he's been helping me out since I was five years old and it's just neat how family comes together kind of," said Pat Hardy.
So Ben and Pat are thrilled to have big bro back home, and Greg is glad he's back in his brother's daily lives.
"Yea there's no words to describe it to be able to watch your brothers grow up and develop in front of your eyes and I've missed that and I couldn't come home on weekends or watch them play during a season and see how they handle themselves, so it's an honor to be with these guys and I'm very lucky to have such a close knit family and to be able to watch them play basketball," said Greg Hardy.
But when he puts on the blue and yellow colors he's no longer big brother, he's coach Hardy.
"I love coaching them, you might ride them a little harder though, not going to get the nice guy treatment from me," said Greg.
"No he's pretty good about it, he's pretty even he knows everyone is the same and you can't single out your brothers, so that's nice," said Pat.
After basketball season Greg will help coach track while finishing up his teaching degree and of course spending time with his family.